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Activist, poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79

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Amiri Baraka, militant man of letters, leader of the 1960s Black Arts movement, a tireless agitator whose blues-based poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in culture, a father to us at Chimurenga has died. He was 79.

Short Speech to My Friends (2:27):  MP3

I Love Music (2:15):  MP3

“With Diz gone, it’s like you don’t even feel safe around here no more. Really, like you don’t even feel safe!” – Amiri Baraka, “To Be or Not To Bop” published in  Chimurenga 15: The Curriculum is Everything (May ’10) .

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